Again a new scam that is circulating through the WhatsApp attracts victims with a $ 50 rebate promise at the Burger King stores. The coup uses the discount promise to get the victim to provide their data and to propagate the message among their friends in the application. However, he gives no discount and uses the victim’s data to enroll her in paid messaging services without her noticing.
The blow happens when the person usually gets the message with the link to the hit of some known. When accessing the link, the user is led to believe that he will receive a discount coupon in the stores of the network, if he answers some questions. The questions, however, only serve to divert his attention.
These are some of the questions they use in the coup. (Foto / Divulgação).
The site then informs the user that in order to withdraw the coupon, it is still necessary to send the link to another 10 friends or 3 groups of WhatsApp. It is at this moment that the victim becomes the propagator of the coup.
The coup uses Whatsapp to share the link. (Photo / Press)
Even after this stage, the blow is not over yet. Then, as a last step, the user is still prompted to confirm some of his data. A message that says that the offer is only valid for the next 225 seconds helps to give a sense of urgency to the coup. However, at the end of the process, the coup informs that the user failed to win the coupon.
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According to digital security firm ESET, which warned of the coup, this type of threat involving fake vouchers has become increasingly common. Other scams the company has identified include promises of discounts on networks such as McDonalds, Starbucks and Zara.
To protect against such threats, the company recommends that users not install applications from unofficial sites, do not share messages of suspect or dubious origin, do not click on links that use strange or unusual language, avoid sharing personal information with applications (by doing so only if they fully trust the app) and using some kind of antivirus for protection software on their smartphones.